Extensive Research

Hi guys,

Could you tell me if below sentence is right?

Extensive research has proved the theory wrong.

I think it should be
Extensive research has proved the theory was wrong.

extracted from:
ldoceonline.com/dictionary/research

thanks,
Swan

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“… proved the theory wrong” is correct. Your version is also correct, but maybe a little clunkier. This entry is for “prove someone wrong” but “prove something wrong” works the same way: en.oxforddictionaries.com/defin … eone_wrong

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awesome. thank you.

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What about ‘proved someone or something to be wrong’ which is also being used in its place? But I think there is some nuance of time between the two with regard to proving. What’s your view, TJ?

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Thanks, Alan. What do you native English speakers do normally when it comes to these two verbs, stick to the grammar books or the everyday language? What about at school? What is taught at school?

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I would say this is simply a contraction and I would not attach much importance to it. The essence of good practice is clarity. This is something I tried to highlight in a recent post concerning ‘left’ and ‘forgot’’.

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